Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination. Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

November 16th, 2017

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Kansas State University
November 16th, 2017, 5:30-8pm
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum
Chaired by Carlos Castellanos

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Leonardo/ISAST, the DX Media Program and the College of Arts & Sciences at K-State invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo ArtScience community. The event is free and open to the public. The agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.


5:30 – 5:55pm
Shawn Hutchinson

Shawn Hutchinson

Shawn Hutchinson

Department of Geography, K-State

Title of Presentation: Geography Illustrated

The discipline of geography spans a broad swath of academic territory and includes elements of the humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, as well as a healthy dose of computation and computer programming for data analysis and visualization. While the research is diverse, the unifying framework for geographers is place and using places to integrate what we know about the world to better understand patterns, processes, and relationships. This presentation highlights how one geographer uses satellite images of the Earth’s surface to quantify and analyze patterns of biophysically-relevant data with the goal of translating that data into useful information about places such as the Flint Hills of Kansas.

5:55 – 6:20
Rebecca Bahlmann

Rebecca Bahlmann

Rebecca Bahlmann

Department of Art, K-State

Title of Presentation: coming soon...

Using Slavoj Zizek and Dsiga Vertov’s analogy of the camera as a partial object, as an “eye” torn from the subject, I will explore how VR and the static stereoscopic effect of space in photography positions the viewer in an extremely individualised spacial matrix within the 3-D world. How have artist exploited this mode of working for conceptually based works. 3-D photography (the first verison of VR) has sometimes been dismissed as a gimmick or fad[i], one that was fashionable in the late 19th century in europe and then in the early 20th in the US – then again in the 1950’s and 60’s. In this laser talk I will show some examples of artist who work in this manner as part of a book I am working on. The slides will either use an anaglyph format with red/green glasses or a passive viewing system with passive polarized glasses.

6:20-6:35 – BREAK (networking/socializing)
6:35-6:40 – Community Announcements: After the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 1 minute to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.


6:40 – 7:05
Prathap Parameswaran

Prathap Parameswaran

Prathap Parameswaran

Department of Civil Engineering, K-State

Title of Presentation: Microbial Electrochemical Cells: an emerging environmental biotechnology platform at the waste-water-energy nexus

I will present key findings during my interaction with the principles of Environmental Biotechnology over the past several years and how I envision its role to fulfill both societal and environmental needs of the planet today. I will also describe the ingredients in critical thinking that help to develop research questions for the future and how it has been valuable during my research career so far. I describe key facets of these research ingredients during my presentation, as outlined below. Anaerobic microbial food webs channel high-energy electrons locked in particulate organic matter to an energy form usable to human society, such as methane in an anaerobic digester or hydrogen gas in a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC). A multitude of other opportunities such as the production of Hydrogen Peroxide, organic chemicals that are precursors to biosynthesis all exist with the anode respiring bacteria being the central piece that signifies the uniqueness of this technology.


7:05 – 7:30pm
Carlos Castellanos

Carlos Castellanos

Carlos Castellanos

Department of Art, K-State

Title of Presentation: Bio-Creation and Peace: A Report from the 2017 International Symposium on Electronic Art

The International Symposium on Electronic Art is a major international gathering of artists and academics working at the interaction of art, science and technology. This year's symposium was held in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia in June, under the theme "Bio-creation and Peace". I will present an overview of the various exhibitions, panel discussions and keynote presentations of this year's event. Quoting from the ISEA 2017 web site: "In recent times, pockets of peace across our planet have emerged and Colombia is one example. Does the idea of peace have a larger role to play than simply resolving conflict? In what ways could indigenous awareness contribute to our understanding of peace? What bridges in thought and action are needed to achieve global peace across cultural and transdisciplinary boundaries? Is bio-creation in conflict with, or in accord with, indigenous awareness of living organisms?".


7:30 – 8pm



Speaker Bios

Shawn Hutchinson is Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Geographic Information Systems Spatial Analysis Laboratory (GISSAL) at Kansas State University. His research explores aspects of grassland sustainability, agricultural biosecurity, geographic visualization, and interactive Web mapping and analysis with an increasing emphasis on real- and near-real time environmental monitoring. In addition to teaching and research, Hutchinson developed and administers K-State’s undergraduate and graduate GIS certificate programs and currently serves as the director of K-State’s secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Hutchinson earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, M.A. in Geography and Ph.D. in Geography from Kansas State University. He has extensive international research and teaching experience, including work in China, Paraguay, Senegal and France. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals more than 30 times and has generated over $8 million in extramural funding.

Rebecca Hackemann (Bahlmann) is a British/German conceptual artist / researcher, who works in a variety of media that are concerned with a critique of our culture of images (aka the spectacle), with viewer perception and interaction, optics and the nature of looking, public and private space for art. Her work is exhibited both in the public realm and in traditional gallery spaces. Hackemann has exhibited in New York (Foley Gallery, Gigantic Artspace, LMCC, Whitney Program), San Francisco (Rayko Photography Center, Camerawork), London, England and Germany where she was born. Rebecca was raised and educated in Germany, then England and completed her MFA in America. She holds an MFA from Stanford University, CA. In 2000/2001 she was a Whitney Museum of American Art ISP Program studio fellow in New York. She is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Kansas State University and is completing her Studio Art PhD at Chelsea College of Art (UAL) in London, in critical artistic practice with a focus on public art.

Dr. Prathap Parameswaran joined the Civil Engineering department at Kansas State University in 2015, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Doctorate in environmental engineering in May 2010 from Arizona State University.  From 2010 to 2015, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and then as Associate Research Scientist at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. Dr. Parameswaran’s research interests pertain to the capture and reuse of energy and resources at the waste-energy-water nexus. His research focus to achieve this goal includes: anaerobic digestion, pretreatment technologies for bioprocessing of wastes and biomass, microbial electrochemical cells for valuable products generation (electric power, hydrogen gas and advanced oxidation products such as hydrogen peroxide). His research also actively involves scale up and optimization of pilot scale environmental technologies such as Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBRs) for energy positive wastewater treatment; co-digestion of complementary waste streams for energy and nutrient recovery, along with the sustainable generation of treated water for reuse.

Carlos Castellanos is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher with a wide array of interests such as cybernetics, ecology, embodiment, phenomenology, artificial intelligence and art-science collaboration. He has received a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Interactive Digital Multimedia and was a California State University Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar. His artworks have been exhibited at local, national and international events such the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA), SIGGRAPH & ZERO1 San Jose. He is also a founding member of DPrime Research, an art-science nonprofit research organization. Castellanos is Assistant Professor and co-director of the Digital/Experimental Media Lab in the Department of Art, Kansas State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University and an MFA from the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, San Jose State University.